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Speaker Profile - M. C. Tillson


Region: California: San Francisco/South
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in my country
Skype Visit: Yes
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Early one summer, M.C. Tillson and her young son made their first visit to Copper Harbor on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She fell in love with the area, and—after a second visit three years later—she knew she would write a book about that magic place. The result was Tillson’s first children’s book, The Clue at Copper Harbor.

When it turned out that there was more magic than would fit into one middle-grade chapter book, Tillson wrote two more books to finish the Michigan Lighthouse Adventure books trilogy.

Since then Tillson has created another lighthouse adventure trilogy, this time set on the coast of Tillson’s native North Carolina. She's also published three puzzle books based on her mysteries and is currently finishing a third lighthouse adventure books trilogy about lighthouses on the Northern California coast. Her latest book has nothing at all to do with lighthouses (!) and everything to do with…hair? Ms. McNair’s Fantastic Hair is a rhyming picture book for kids of all ages that’s also a bit of a mystery, which is, of course, Ms. Tillson’s favorite kind of book.

When she's not busy with author visits at schools (or writing more books), you can find M.C. Tillson in one of her three favorite states, enjoying the company of Mercy Louise, a rather recalcitrant chocolate and white Brittany spaniel who enjoys digging holes and blogging (

Presentation Description:
I offer a variety of experiences for schools from basic assemblies to individual classroom workshops. Please contact me about your particular requirements.